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Hustler 6BTV Vertical Reviews: 153 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $189.99
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K8IDW Rating: 5/5 Sep 25, 2016 05:24 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: more than 12 months
been up for 10 years now. 80ft behind tghe house, ground mounted with the dx enginerring radial plate. I have 60 radials, 60ft each. no treeline for over a 1/2 a mile in any direction on our 3 acres. been working 40dx with this and LOVE it. actually I love it on all bands. 73 W4IDW
VK4VW Rating: 5/5 Sep 19, 2016 02:37 Send this review to a friend
Good product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Hustler 6 BTV with the DX Engineering 17m add on kit, RADP - 3 radial plate and TB -3P tilt base mount. hardware and RG 213 coax assembly and assembled everything by myself over a weekend.

Instructions supplied by DX Engineering made assembly of the antenna including the 17m add on kit simple. Tuning was a breeze and the tilt base plate proved to be worth its weight in gold.

Day one involved 2 hours work digging the hole for the mounting post, digging a trench for the coax and cementing in the mounting post.
Day 2 took about 4 hours for me to fit the radial plate, a VFCC - H05-A, and the tilt base plate to the mounting post, assemble the antenna, connect the coax, fill the trench, lay 24 radials and tune the antenna.

The quality of the 6BTV is excellent. Very easy assembly and installation by one person over a single weekend.

I have added another 20 radials over the past few weeks and performance is improving. Works as least as good as my Butternut HF2V on 80 and 40, does well on 30 and seems to do at least as good, if not better than my inverted V at 30' on 20 and 17m.

Thank you DX Engineering for your excellent service and speedy shipping once again.

Peter Dawson VK4VW
EI5JS Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2016 15:07 Send this review to a friend
Update - 6 months  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
When tuned against a decent ground this antenna matches better than 1.5:1 on all bands. Properly tuned against a decent ground it performs as well as any other piece of air-trapped aluminium!!

Performance: On 80M it is narrow, VERY narrow but it gets out. I work around Europe with ease on 3.582 MHz data, but the 1.5:1 SWR bandwidth is no more than 10kHz.

On 40M it is a revelation. I regularly break pile-ups with my first call and 100W. I never expected that. This evening I broke the mother of all pile-ups when I worked 4X6TT from here in EI. Kp is 5 this evening and noise level is high. It sounded like the whole world was calling him and he called me in after my first try and he gave me 59++ and "fantastic signal". This antenna is a keeper if only for 40M.

30M performance is just average. 20M is very good indeed, lovely working it late into the night this summer. On 15M it does not get out at all. On 10M though it is surprisingly good.

This winter has been terribly windy so far. Already we have had 5 storms pass over. The antenna is still standing and still dead straight, ..unguyed.

I have 32 x 25ft buried ground radials. That's what's doing all the hard work on 40M I guess, but without the 6-BTV, the ground would do nothing. The best advice I can give is to install a decent ground radial system and take time to tune the antenna carefully on each band. The results are worth every minute spent in setting this antenna up..
KK2DOG Rating: 5/5 Jun 5, 2015 20:50 Send this review to a friend
7-Year Update  Time owned: more than 12 months
After seven years of use, I must say that this antenna is nothing short of fantastic!

I have it ground-mounted with sixteen 32' radials and I use it primarily for 10-40 meters with the optional 17-meter kit and an Ameritron AL-80B amplifier. Usually, all it takes is one or two calls even in a pile-up and I'm heard.

I've recently been using it for JT-9 and JT-65 with excellent results as well. With only 25 watts, I'm GLOBAL!

Absolutely no issues in seven years.
KE7MU Rating: 3/5 Jun 5, 2015 16:15 Send this review to a friend
Not Great, not even good  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have had this up almost a year, and have used it very little. Maybe I am spoiled, my other antennas are an inverted Vee at 30 feet apex and an 80 meter full wave loop also at 30 feet. The loop is 3 or more S units better than this vert. I must say the 6BTV is a compromise antenna pretty much useless comparatively. I was hoping for a low angle radiation, but all bands and almost every time I get on the air, the other two antennas outperform the Vert. I am not sure now what to do with it. Perhaps if I only use it on my Motorhome ( parked of course ) it would perform better than a screwdriver. Funny thing is the radials are all tuned and SWR less than 3:1 on all bands.
WB0BBC Rating: 5/5 Apr 8, 2015 15:30 Send this review to a friend
Works well!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I assembled a new Hustler 6BTV and used the DX Engineering tilt base and radial plate. Installation using the DX Engineering instructions was clear and performed over 2 days.

The radial plate made radial installation easy. I purchased additional ground staples to hold the 14 gauge radial wire into the hard, rocky Florida soil.

After some minimal tuning adjustments, the antenna hears and radiates quite well. I've been working worldwide on 80 through 10 meters using a 100 watt transceiver. It performs MUCH better than my previous 53 ft. end fed Zepp.

When storms threaten it's easy to tilt the antenna down. I expect this antenna to give me many years of good service.

Next I want to add the 17 meter kit and additional 32 ft. radials.
N6PAT Rating: 5/5 Apr 8, 2015 08:52 Send this review to a friend
Who needs a beam?  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got my ticket 2007-04-11 but didn't get on the air until 2012-09-04 due to business and family obligations so I've been using the 6BTV for about 2 1/2 years now.

This antenna is absolutely incredible! Built solid, it handles high winds without any problems.I have it ground mounted with about 50 radials and guyed with 4 nylon cords. Included is the tilt base , 12 and 17 meter add on kits and the 80 meter heavy duty resonator.

I never run more than 400 watts but the results are amazing!

So far 244 countries, DXCC on 7 bands, WAS with just 5 watts, many QSO's with DXpeditions that other ops running max power into huge beams couldn't get.

I've made contacts all over the world with this antenna but the icing on the cake was when I broke thru the mega pileups for Navassa Island on 6 different bands (10,15,17,20,40,80) while running only 200 to 400 watts! Check the K1N log on Clublog if you don't believe me. I also snagged QSO's on several different bands for the TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island DXpedition.

Some interesting QSO's with this antenna include

K1N Navassa Island 6 bands - #1 most wanted phone in Clublog at the time of my QSO's
TI9/3Z9DX Cocos Island 3 bands
HV0A Vatican City 4 bands
(RI1ANU, RI1ANC, KC4AAA) Antarctica 4 bands
XR0YY Easter Island 5 bands
TX5K Clipperton Island 5 bands

And many, many more

I just don't understand why anyone would go thru the expense, time and work to put up a huge beam when they can get an antenna like this for a fraction of the cost. Another benefit is that this antenna is so small it's not even visible from the front of my house and can be taken down in minutes. I don't have to worry about offending the neighbors with a big ugly hunk of metal high in the sky.

So if you're considering putting up an expensive tower and beam I strongly encourage you to check out this antenna first. No need to dig up your yard, pour concrete and have a dozen guys help you. I put this together in a couple of hours and installed in by myself without any problems at all. I doubt I'll ever put up a beam. I'm having way to much fun with this little vertical!! I get a real charge knowing I can get contacts that ops with super expensive setups can't get.

WB4TJH Rating: 5/5 Dec 11, 2014 17:52 Send this review to a friend
Very good performer if you put a good radial system under it.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my first 4BTV about 40 years ago and installed it on the roof of my house with two tuned radials per band. It was a superb antenna. About 6 years ago, I acquired another. This one I have ground mounted, with at least 50 radials under the grass, for a total of 1000 feet of wire. I also have two chain link fences and a copper underground water line hooked into the ground system. I do have the 80 meter resonator, and it works so-so, about 10 to 15db less than a dipole. I also added a 17 meter and 30 meter full length 1/4 wave wires alongside the vertical for those bands. The antenna will rate about a 4.6 out of five and I have made a lot of dx contacts with it. No doubt, based on my previous experience, it would work even better elevated off the ground with tuned radials, well above the ground clutter. But as a ground mounted system, provided you install a suitable number of radials, it will work well. My radials are under the grass and are NOT tuned, since on or under the ground radials can not be actually tuned, because of the detuning effect f the ground. They need to be at least as long as the antenna is tall. If you elevate the base of the antenna off the gound, then you will be forced to tune the length of the radials. I can switch back and forth between this antenna and a 135 foot balanced feedline fed dipole at 45 feet, and sometimes the wire is stronger, depending on the band and distance. The 80/75 meter resonator works, but is generally a very poor radiator, being a good 15db less than the full sized dipole on 75 meters. The antenna is easy to tune and install and is very rugged. It is a time proven system.
N4JLR Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2014 20:39 Send this review to a friend
Great performance for a ground mounted 6 band vertical  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought this antenna about 8 months ago from DX-engineering as well as the Radial mounting kit and tilt over mount. This antenna is resonant, mid band (for my General Operating Class), on all the 6 Bands it covers. It tunes without a tuner on 10,20,40, and 3900 Mhz of 80Meters. I can also use my Dentron to easily bring in 15 meters and cover most of the 80 meter band. Great performance for a vertical but found it does work best ground mounted with 40 radials. I used 4 radials each cut to 10,20,40,& 80 meters, with the rest of the radials cut to the 20 meter band length (about 62.4 ft) Being in an HOV antenna restricted area, this antenna is a godsend. Being also in a Hurricane area, I can bring it down via the tilt mount in about 2 minutes. It also helps greatly in tuning the traps for resonance. No climbing necessary. Can work anyone I can hear. and I can hear very weak signals due to the DSP technology of my Transceiver. Constantly get 59+ great audio signal reports. What more can you ask for. Very pleased with the price and the performance.
KE5WIQ Rating: 4/5 Nov 1, 2014 20:19 Send this review to a friend
Great 1st Antenna  Time owned: more than 12 months
I started out with the 6BTV, later adding 17M then 160M. Bandwidth is limited for 80M, and even more so for my implementation of 160M, but that is just not a problem when tuning is well placed for desired operation. When I started in the hobby I set out to learn CW so I tuned for the lower end of the bands. Now I do mainly CW and data. Occasionally I get on SSB - when I do I switch out the whips for 80M and 160M.

This antenna won't work miracles, but it is a very good jack of all trades and therefore a very good choice for 1st antenna. Be sure to lay a good radial field. I got mine from DX Engineering and got their tilt base and radial plate with it. See my QRZ page to see how 160M was implemented. I recommend this antenna. You won't do as well as a beam or high dipoles, but short of that this plays well indeed.
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